No more rhythmic button pressing for you. According to a recent report from Wired, game developer Activision Blizzard has decided that it will no longer work on the “Guitar Hero” franchise. The decision was made citing poor game sales; considering that in 2007 the game sold 1.5 million copies in its first month alone and the most recent installment of “Guitar Hero,” “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” only sold 86,000 copies total last year, I have to agree.
This decision also means the cancellation of the current game in development and the firing of several hundred employees. If you thought this couldn’t be all bad, that those laid off could go work at other plastic instrument game developers, then you’re wrong. Viacom has already killed “Rock Band,” the only real alternative to “Guitar Hero,” by selling off the game developer Harmonix and shutting down the publisher, MTV Games. Harmonix has since moved on to create other music based games, like “Dance Central” for Kinect.
Even if there aren’t going to be any more new Rock band and Guitar Hero games, consider that there’s already a huge library of songs to play that can be downloaded right from your console. The best part of this is that it’s the kick in the ass someone might need to actually go out and learn how to play a real guitar, bass, or keyboard. I left out the drums because playing the game actually teaches you some good stuff. But seriously, what long term benefits could this guy have gained from clearly playing so much? Either way, I’m not that heartbroken, and if the sales are any indication, neither are you. [Wired]
Wanna see this from another angle? Check out a post on this topic from another Jerk.